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Your Real, Textured Face Returns to Selfies with iOS 12.1

by Justin Herrick | October 23, 2018October 23, 2018 10:30 am PST

So far, there aren’t too many complaints about the iPhone XS. It’s a gorgeous smartphone with plenty of advancements in hardware and software. Yet the iPhone XS isn’t free from criticism. Apple found itself in a minor scandal that involves selfies. Since the front-facing camera was issuing an overly smoothing effect, selfies are looking pretty unnatural.

The scandal, known as ‘Beautygate’ to some, should be fixed soon. In a conversation with The Verge, Apple confirmed it’s aware of the issue and identified its cause. Don’t worry, you won’t look like a wax figure for much longer.

Here’s the explanation Nilay Patel gave after chatting with Apple:

“Essentially, Smart HDR was choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when you took a selfie. Instead of a choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed.”

Additionally, the front-facing camera doesn’t have optical image stabilization. It can’t focus on an object and track real-time movement. Still, iOS 12.1 will include a fix for this bug. Then you’ll be able to take a selfie and have all that glorious texture of your skin on display. With that said, choose your best angle.

It’s not really a bug depending on who you ask, though. Many companies in Asia are all-in on filters that do something similar, but Apple’s U.S. consumers are totally foreign to the practice.

iOS 12.1 doesn’t have a scheduled release date, but it should begin rolling out within the next few days or weeks. It’s already in public beta for users to test out ahead of time. Be on the lookout if you have an iOS device as there will be several tweaks for both new and old models.

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